2021-054, 2021-055


May 14, 2021

Soft-Shell Closed Areas for Crab and Shrimp in NAFO Divisions 2J and 3K

DFO advises that in accordance with the soft-shell protocol, the following grid in Crab Fishing Areas 2 and 4 in NAFO Divisions 2J south and 3K will close to fishing for both Snow Crab and Northern Shrimp at midnight on Saturday, May 15, 2021 due to a high incidence of soft-shell crab:

Grid S 43. This grid straddles NAFO zones 2Js and 3K.

This grid will be closed to Snow crab fishing for the remainder of the year. Harvesters should note that all gear in these grids must be removed immediately. Gear must be hauled and not reset on your next fishing trip.

The closure for Northern shrimp is in effect for 60 days, and will re-open on July 14, 2021, if the shrimp fishery is open at that time.

The Regional Director General, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador Region gives notice that Variation Orders 2020-269 and 2021-040 have been revoked and Variation Orders 2021-054 and 2021-055 come into effect on May 15, 2021.

"Notices to Fish Harvesters" for all commercial fisheries are now available online under the Fishery Notices link on the DFO NL Region webpage at

If you would like to have all "Notices to Fish Harvesters" for commercial fisheries sent directly to you by email please contact:



Martin Henri
Senior Resource Manager
Resource Management and Indigenous Fisheries
Tel: (709) 772-4911